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13 Things Only Girls With Unstable Period Would Understand

13 Things Only Girls With Unstable Period Would Understand

Girls with a 28-day, clockwork-like cycle don’t understand how lucky they are!  Some girls are so regular that they never even have to think about their periods. But many other girls struggle with periods that come and go without warning, are absent for months at a time, or are unusually heavy or painful.

Here’s 13 things that only girls with an unstable period problem would understand.

1. You Have a Hard Time Making Plans

Whether its scheduling a romantic weekend in the mountains or penciling in a family vacation, these activities are much harder to plan if you do not know ahead of time whether or not you will be on your period.

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2. You Can be Exhausted

Hormonal imbalances and periods that last longer or are heavier than they should be can leave you feeling literally and metaphorically drained, to the point where you can wake up tired even after a good night’s sleep.

3. You are at Higher Risk for Cancer

If you are not having a period at least four times a year – or go for months and months without any period at all – you can have a serious build-up of endometrium, or the lining of your uterus. This build-up can put you at a higher risk for endometrial cancer later on.

4. You Can Have More Difficulty Getting Pregnant

Unstable periods mean that you are not ovulating regularly – and this can make it difficult for you when it comes to starting a family.  Some girls will have to resort to fertility treatments like Clomid or even procedures like in vitro fertilization (IVF) in order to conceive.

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5. You Can Have Difficulty with Your Sex Life

Between prolonged bleeding, cramping, soreness and fatigue, it’s easy to see why some girls with unstable periods just aren’t interested in sex! This can put a strain on relationships and be frustrating for both parties involved.

6. You Feel Embarrassed

Whether it because of accidental “leakage” through your brand new skirt or having to explain to friends why you don’t feel like a girl’s night out, irregular periods can be embarrassing for the girls who suffer from them.

7. You Can Have Mood Swings

With your hormones out of balance and constantly in flux, mood swings, emotional instability and feeling irritated all the time can easily become a part of life. The good news? If the hormones get back into balance, these emotional problems will frequently go away on their own.

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8. You Can Have a Period Problem due to Underlying Health Issues

Unstable periods can mask underlying health problems like disorder of the thyroid, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or fibroid cysts or polyps in the uterus. That is why it is important to go to the doctor to talk about these irregular periods: if the underlying condition can be addressed, often the periods will become more stable.

9. You Can Have Difficulty Treating the Issue

Some girls can find it difficult to treat this issue. Mainstream options include use of birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) if you have a condition like primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) but these treatments, too, have side effects and some girls respond to them better than others.

10. You Can Seek Natural/Alternative Treatments

Many girls seek to manage their unstable period in natural ways rather than using prescription medications. One popular way to do this is with herbs like blue cohosh, asafetida and chasteberry. Some girls will also use alternative treatments like acupuncture for relief.

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11. You Need to Manage Your Stress

Stress can have a big effect on unstable periods: stress releases a hormone called cortisol, which in turn can have an effect on levels of progesterone and estrogen, which are what help control the menstrual cycle. Stress relief techniques like yoga, meditation or long walks can be very beneficial.

12. You Can Have Many Symptoms

It’s not just about the period itself! You can have many other uncomfortable symptoms from an unstable period, including the fatigue and emotional problems already mentioned plus other annoying issues like abdominal bloating or constipation.

13. You Are at Greater Risk for Anemia

If your periods are prolonged and/or heavy, your body might not be able to make red blood cells as fast as you are losing them – and this can result in iron deficiency anemia, which can become a serious problem if it is left untreated.

So if you are a 28-day girl, thank your lucky stars! But also be sure to be understanding of girls who have to deal with the issues surrounding an unstable period.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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